Nissan BladeGlider concept previewed ahead of its Tokyo debut

09/11/2013 - 12:32 | ,  ,   | Shoeb Kalania

Nissan has revealed the BladeGlider concept that previews an upcoming production model from the company, prior to its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The BladeGlider is a triangular shape vehicle that is inspired by a light weight glider and a high performance "swept wing" aircraft.

Nissan BladeGlider concept  front view
The Nissan BladeGlider concept will be showcased at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show that begins on the 20th of November.

It shares technology with the Nissan Leaf and the Nissan ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car). Power comes from in-wheel motors that provide rear-wheel propulsion with independent motor management, while also contributing to freedom of upper body design and space-efficient packaging.

The BladeGlider employs lithium-ion battery technology. Battery modules are mounted low and toward the rear to enhance stability and handling, says Nissan. The front wheels are placed together to reduce drag and enhance maneuverability for high G cornering power.

Nissan BladeGlider concept cockpit
An aircraft style steering wheel makes this a must-see cabin.

The weight of the BladeGlider is distributed in 30/70 (front/rear) ratio. The highly rigid yet lightweight carbon fiber underbody helps create aerodynamic downforce and hence there is no requirement for drag-inducing wings.

Nissan BladeGlider concept doors open
Nissan says the concept previews a production model.

The passenger cell has a three-seat arrangement in a V-shape. The driver's seat automatically slides laterally when the door is opened to enable access to the passenger seats.

Seats feature special yellow fluorescent line covers. Designers have also come up with aircraft-type steering wheel and futuristic instrumentation that can display relief maps and atmospheric conditions.

Nissan BladeGlider concept interior
The concept gets 3 seats in a V-shape configuration.

Watch out for more on the Nissan BladeGlider from its Tokyo Motor Show debut.

2014 Nissan BladeGlider Concept - Image Gallery

2014 Nissan BladeGlider Concept - Press Release

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